A Franklin County grand jury on Jan. 8 indicted a Hilliard man on nine felony counts after he was accused of filming a 17-year-old female lifeguard changing clothes at the Hilliard pool where they were employed.
Justin Francis Budding, 22, was indicted for four second-degree felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor; four fourth-degree felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor; and voyeurism, a fifth-degree felony. The second-degree felony counts refer to reproducing or duplicating the material, and the fourth-degree counts refer to possession, according to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office.
The incident allegedly occurred Dec. 10 at Aquatic Adventures, 3940 Lyman Drive in Hilliard, according to the indictment.
"It is alleged that Budding had hidden a camera in the lifeguard's changing room (and) had taken a video of his co-worker in various states of nudity without her knowledge, which also synced to his personal cellphone," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.
Also found on his cellphone were images and videos of children "in a state of nudity (or) engaging in sexual acts," obtained between Aug. 18 and Dec. 14, 2017, O'Brien said.
Budding is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
Hilliard Division of Police officers arrested Budding on Dec. 20, not long after staff members at the pool discovered a GoPro camera in a private changing area on the evening of Dec. 10, said Aquatic Adventures co-owner Gordon Jablonka.
The camera belonged to Aquatic Adventures and was a backup device that had been left unattended to recharge after use at a holiday event, Jablonka said.
Security video from the swim center showed Budding handling the GoPro prior to it being found, Hilliard Lt. Ron Clark said. Budding also told police he placed the camera in the room, and after agreeing to a search of cellphone, officers found videos of child pornography, Clark said.
Jablonka said Budding worked part-time at Aquatic Adventures for the past two years while he attended college and a record check came back clean on Budding when he was hired.
He told ThisWeek last month he is "devastated."
"Nothing like this has ever happened (in the 12 years we've operated). ... We are devastated for everyone affected by it," Jablonka said.